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Dr. James M. Dorsey, a non-resident Senior Associate at the BESA Center, is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture.

ARTICLES BY: James M. Dorsey

May 16, 2023 10:36 am

Middle Eastern Rivalries Are Alive and Kicking Despite Recent Deescalation

Middle Eastern battlegrounds are alive and kicking, even though rivals want to soothe contentious relations. Take efforts by the United Arab Emirates, and more recently Saudi...

May 15, 2023 10:24 am

Sudan Conflict Also Puts Mideast Rivals Against Each Other

With Saudi-hosted talks to end Sudan fighting producing minimal results -- and Arab states supporting rival forces -- de-escalation in the Middle East faces a...

May 9, 2023 9:57 am

Syria’s Dictator Survives, War Crimes and All

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has put restoration of control of all of Syria at the core of efforts to manage multiple Middle Eastern rivalries that...

April 11, 2023 9:00 am

Sports Show How Middle East Countries Can Balance Their Differences

Renewed controversy over Saudi ownership of English Premier League club Newcastle United suggests the kind of opposition the kingdom may encounter as it bids for...

April 10, 2023 9:55 am

The Fallacy of a US Withdrawal From the Middle East

America is in decline. Eclipsed by China’s rise, it is shifting attention from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific. That is one refrain in the analysis...

March 24, 2023 9:36 am

With Iran-Saudi Deal, China Makes Mideast Inroads and the UAE Takes Action

A Chinese-mediated Saudi-Iranian reconciliation potentially casts a spotlight on fundamentally flawed security policies of regional powers, including not only Saudi Arabia and Iran, but also...

March 23, 2023 10:05 am

Arab States and Russia Want to Rehabilitate Syria, Despite Bloody War

A push by Arab allies of the United States to bring Syria in from the cold highlights the limits of a Chinese-mediated rapprochement between the...

March 21, 2023 10:13 am

Saudi-Iranian Détente Could Spark Paradigm Shifts

Chinese mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran potentially signals paradigm shifts in Middle Eastern diplomacy and alliances. Sources also say that Bahrain, the Shiite-majority Gulf state...

March 15, 2023 10:10 am

As Ramadan Approaches, Debates About Islamic Reform Continue

Reform of Islamic jurisprudence was the elephant in the room when two prominent Saudi clerics clashed publicly about whether apostasy was punishable with death under...

March 9, 2023 11:25 am

Iran Ramps Up Its Conflict with Saudi Arabia

If there is one place Saudi Arabia was happy to be low on the totem pole, it was Iran. Those days are over. Strategic thinkers...

March 2, 2023 11:07 am

How US Security Cooperation Can Help Defeat China in the Arab Gulf

If played well, security is the United States' trump card in stabilizing relations with its Gulf partners and competing with China for regional influence. In a...

February 28, 2023 11:35 am

Saudi Sports Bids Are Unlikely to Lead to Meaningful Change

Even before it officially launched, Saudi Arabia's bid to host the 2030 World Cup is on thin ice. The bid suggests that Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

February 22, 2023 1:50 pm

The UAE Is Playing Both Sides in Israel and the US; But That Has Limits

The United Arab Emirates has mastered playing both sides against the middle. In the game’s latest iteration, the Gulf state earned significant brownie points in Washington...

February 8, 2023 12:10 pm

Who Are the Genuine Muslim Moderates?

If you think Islamic scholars discussing the religious legitimacy of the United Nations and the nation-state will put you to sleep, think again. A call by...


Iran Says Ukraine President Drone Criticism a Bid to Secure More Western Ar...

Tehran on Saturday accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of anti-Iranian propaganda in his call for Iran to halt the supply...


Anti-Overhaul Protests Held Across Israel for 21st Week

i24 News - Israelis opposed to the planned judicial overhaul by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the streets for the twenty first week on Saturday. Protesters marched...

Middle East

At Least Three Killed in Clash on Iran-Afghan Border

Two Iranian border guards and one Taliban fighter were killed after shooting broke out near a border post between Iran and Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman and Iran's state media said...


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